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Legislative Changes Affecting Salary Administration, 85th Legislature

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ERS, TRS and ORP Retirement Rates for Fiscal 2018 and Fiscal 2019

ERS Retirement Rates for Fiscal 2018 and Fiscal 2019

The General Appropriations Act (GAA) provides that the rates for both the employee contribution and the state contribution for members of the Employees Retirement System of Texas (ERS) will not change for the September 2017 pay period.

The table below outlines the rates effective Sept. 1, 2017.

Retirement Plan Employee Contribution Rate State Contribution Rate¹
Fiscal 2018 Fiscal 2019 Fiscal 2018 Fiscal 2019
ERS* 9.5% 9.5% 9.5% 9.5%
Judicial Plan 1 9.5% 9.5% 0.0% 0.0%
Judicial Plan 2 7.5% 7.5% 15.663% 15.663%

The Law Enforcement Custodial Officer Supplemental (LECOS) rates will also remain the same.

The payroll retirement contribution will continue to be paid by agencies at the rate of 0.5 percent of base salary for all employees who are members of the retirement system. It will be paid from the agencies’ budgets.

TRS Retirement Rates for Fiscal 2018 and Fiscal 2019

For employees covered by Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), the state contribution rate will remain at 6.8 percent for both fiscal 2018 and fiscal 2019.

The employee contribution rate will remain at 7.7 percent for fiscal 2018 and 2019.

Optional Retirement Program (ORP) Rates for Fiscal 2018 and Fiscal 2019

For employees participating in the Optional Retirement Program (ORP), the state contribution rate will remain at 6.6 percent for both fiscal 2018 and fiscal 2019. Employers are authorized to use local funds or other sources of funds to supplement the General Revenue Fund appropriation at a rate up to 1.9 percent. The employee contribution rate will remain at 6.65 percent for both fiscal 2018 and fiscal 2019.

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